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Inside San Francisco (Aug 23rd, 2019)

Happy Friday,

Thank you to everyone who responded with candid feedback and positive affirmations to the email Bobby sent out earlier this week. We really appreciate hearing from all of you. Also, if you enjoy receving this newsletter in your inbox every day, forward today's edition to a friend, colleague or family member who you think would appreciate it. After all, news is meant to be shared.

Have a great weekend,

Shane

1. Mayor London Breed announced plans to close 41 permanent treatment beds for mental health patients in exchange for a shelter-bed expansion at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Many, including hospital staff, patients and some city leaders, said they were “blindsided” by Breed’s plan and vowed to fight cuts to the Adult Residential Facility (ARF), which provides a total of 55 permanent residential mental health beds. Breed plans to instead add 14 beds to the hospital’s Hummingbird Place, a short-term psychiatric respite program that currently operates 29 beds.

“We have a crisis of people suffering from mental health and addiction issues on our street, and the innovative model at Hummingbird Place has been successful in providing people with the care they need,” said a Breed spokesperson. However, mental health and homeless advocates argue that the ARF and Hummingbird Place beds serve very different populations. “Where are people going to go?” asked District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. - SF EXAMINER

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2. The suspect in an assault on the owner of a popular North Beach truffle shop was released from jail due to a lack of evidence. Although surveillance footage captured the incident as it unfolded inside XOX Truffles, it did not “capture what happened after the shop owner ran out the door in the direction of the suspect,” said the District Attorney’s Office. The judge put the charging decision on hold, and the DA’s Office is seeking more witnesses and surveillance footage. According to reports, witnesses who saw what happened outside the store left before SFPD arrived and weren’t interviewed. It's important to note that even though the suspect was released, he could be arrested again, as the case remains under investigation. - SFIST

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3. Follow Friday: @OfficerEdith

Eve Batey mentioned her back in April, but I'm new to the @OfficerEdith phenomenon. The handle @OfficerEdith wasn’t created in 2015 for Lt. Eleanor Sadler: it was meant to provide perspective from the green parrot that lived in her Animal Care & Control squad room. Although the parrot has since died, Sadler took over the handle’s reigns and has gone on to attract more than 17,000 followers who enjoy her sense of humor and her tweets of cute rescued animals and animal adoption deals. Earlier this week, Sadler gave her first interview to the Chronicle. “[People] don’t want to hear the horrible stories," she said. "They don’t want to see pictures of animals in distress. All they want are cute pictures, and I have those." And have them she does.

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4. Although organizers of a straight pride parade in Modesto failed to get the requisite permits from the city, they’re still planning to gather tomorrow — and San Franciscans will be right there next to them, counter protesting. The National Straight Pride Coalition drew national attention for its attempt to hold a parade in Modesto’s Graceada Park; however, the "peaceful, racist group" was denied permits at a heavily-attended city council meeting earlier this month. That won’t stop them from taking a stand tomorrow. The nearly 100-mile drive to Modesto also won’t keep San Franciscans like counter-protest organizer Joe Adkins at home, either. “For me, this is a reminder that there’s quite a lot of intolerance and homophobia in the Central Valley,” he said. - SF WEEKLY

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5. Keep your eyes peeled, readers: 13 Democratic presidential candidates are in the Bay Area. They're in town for a three-day Democratic National Committee (DNC) summer meeting at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel. While members will participate in caucus, council and committee meetings, there are sure to be other scheduled fundraisers and campaigning events hosted around San Francisco, like the “I Will Vote” Gala held yesterday evening. You know what that means: big-name politician sightings around the city. - KPIX

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6. There’s plenty happening around the city this weekend, but if you’re still without any set plans, here are a few events for you to consider. It’s hard to skip over San Francisco’s biggest food and drink festival, Eat Drink SF, which will take place tomorrow. Lionel Richie is also performing tomorrow at the Frost Amphitheater at Stanford (I know, it's a hike to get there ... but it's Lionel). There’s also a free movie screening tonight in Union Square, a Baker Beach clean-up event scheduled for Sunday, and an all-weekend SF Ube Fest to pencil into your calendar.

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7. If you’ve ever wondered why (or bemoaned the fact that) last call is just before 2 a.m. in San Francisco, this is the explainer piece for you. As California state Sen. Scott Wiener works to push his “Last Call” State Bill 58 legislation, which proposes giving localities the ability to choose last call and even push it back to 4 a.m., now seems like a prime time to brush up on the subject. However, don't speed read: this is Wiener’s third attempt to extend California’s nightlife. That means you have some time to familiarize yourself with both sides of the late-night debate. - KQED

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8. Brock Keeling put together this list of Bay Area ceramists who are kiln it, and honestly, the pun alone was enough for me to click on the story. However, as ceramics continue to have their moment in the spotlight, this list of 15 regional ceramists to keep on your radar is a worthwhile read. - CURBED SF

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9. Here’s a roundup of San Francisco’s hidden waterways, including the creeks and streams that flow under the city. Not every waterway is as obvious as, say, one of the city’s last three natural lakes, but this short guide does a nice job leading you through some of the history of these oft overlooked San Francisco water features. - THE BOLD ITALIC

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10. Today's SF in Pictures: Reddit user gorneaux

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Shane Downing is an award-winning journalist based in Oakland. As a freelance writer, he’s passionate about covering the LGBTQ+ community, at-risk youth and local news. He's a former Hoodline editor, and his work regularly appears in Oakland Magazine and The San Francisco Business Times. When he's not writing, Shane is an avid baker, gardener and tennis player.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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